Hinduism Vs Buddhism | Difference between Hinduism and Buddhism

There is alot of debate about Hinduism vs Buddhism that which religion stands out to be better.In India, Buddhism is considered a part of Hindu tradition because Buddha never said I am starting a new religion.He was just not happy with the existing system at that point of time.Then he only reformed what was already in existence.

Siddhartha Gautama, started out as a Hindu became a monk in the Hindu tradition and then he shared the path to monkhood with everybody. He never discarded the Gods or Goddesses. He put the enlightened being first which is Buddha, which was already how it was. because of this reason Buddhism is often referred to as an off-shoot of Hinduism. 

Buddha, was born in a wealthy Indian Family and he was the prince of the Kingdom of Lumbini.It is believed that he was born in  Hindu Family but when he was growing he was sad to see pain and grief in his kingdom and around him.Post these observations it is believed that the young Siddhartha Gautama led a very sheltered life. 

 Leaving all the glories,emotions and  the treasure of the palace,  he came across a sick man, an old man, a dead man, and an ascetic (or in more Western terms, a monk).

Seeing the suffering around him men, Gautama traveled every part of India studying under Hindu priests. He interacted with many communties cast and creeds and  he felt they lacked the answers he asked.He wanted to know every aspects of life in details. Then he turned his life into  to a life of asceticism, or extreme self discipline . He did all this till the point of starvation and hoped this may bring him to enlightenment.

In Hinduism there is a famous and eternal mantra we chant, Guru Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwaraha, Guru Saakshat Para Brahma, Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha.

The meaning of this mantra is that Guru is First to be worshipped.

 While in Buddhist scripture the same thing is written ,just  Instead of Guru, he said Buddha. Buddha means an enlightened person.

In Karnataka, India, all Gurus are regarded as Buddhi. In any ashram or any spiritual place Guru is called as Buddhi in Karnatka.If you go to any ashram and say Buddhi, you will be addressing a Guru.

Now lets see Hinduism Vs Buddhism comparison in Table form 

PracticesHindu practices include rituals such
as puja (worship) and recitations, japa, meditation (dhyāna), family-oriented
rites of passage, annual festivals, and occasional pilgrimages.
Meditation, To Obey Eightfold Path, pilgrimages
Place of originIndian SubcontinentIndian subcontinent
Belief of GodInfinite Gods and Dieties but the core is Brahman.The idea of an omniscient, omnipotent,
Life after deathSalvation and ReincarnationRebirth is one of the central beliefs of Buddhism. We are in an endless cycle of birth, death and re-birth, which can only be broken by attaining nirvana. Attaining nirvana is the only way to escape suffering permanently.
Use of statues and picturesYes(Not Compulsory)Yes(Not Compulsory)
MarriageMan may marry one woman.
However, kings in mythology
often married more than one
It is not a religious duty to marry. Monks and nuns do not marry and are celibate. Advice in the Discourses on how to maintain a happy and harmonious marriage.
Place of worshipTemple (Mandir)Buddhist monasteries, temples, shrines.
FounderIts not a religion,its main idea is
oneness with every living organism.
The Buddha (born as Prince Siddhartha)
ClergyNo official clergy. Gurus, Yogis,
Rishis, Brahmins, Pundits, priests, priestesses, monks, and nuns.
The Buddhist Sangha, composed of bhikkhus (male monks) and bhikkhunis (female nuns). The sangha is supported by lay Buddhists.
Means of salvationReaching enlightenment by the
Path of Knowledge, the Path of
devotion, or the Path of
Good Deeds.
Reaching Enlightenment or Nirvana, following the Noble Eightfold Path.
View of the BuddhaA Monk which is worshipped in
Hinduism also.
The highest teacher and the founder of Buddhism, the all-transcending sage.
Goal of religionTo break the cycle of birth, death
and reincarnation, and attain
To attain enlightenment and be released from the cycle of rebirth and death, thus attaining Nirvana.
Original Language(s)SanskritPali(Theravada tradition) and Sanskrit(Mahayana and Vajrayana tradition)
View of other Dharmic religionsHindus implies that Buddhists,
Jains, & Sikhs are the part of
Sanatan Dharma Hinduism
(which is the original Dharmic
Since the word Dharma means doctrine, law, way, teaching, or discipline, other Dharmas are rejected.
Holy days/Official HolidaysDiwali, Holi, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, etc.Vesak day in which the birth, the awakening, and the parinirvana of the Buddha is celebrated.
Population1 Billion.500-600 million
ScripturesVedas, Upanishad, Puranas, Gita,Strotra,Katha,Chalisa,
Mantra's etc
Tripitaka - a vast canon composed of 3 sections: the Discourses, the Discipline and the Commentaries, and some early scriptures, such as the Gandhara texts.
SymbolsOm, Swastika, etc.The conch, endless knot, fish, lotus, parasol, vase, dharmachakra (Wheel of Dharma), and victory banner.
Confessing sinsRepentance for unintentional
 sins are prescribed, but intentional
sins have to be repaid through
 karmic consequences.
Sin is not a Buddhist concept.
Goal of PhilosophySalvation, freedom from the cycle
 of birth and reincarnation.
To eliminate mental suffering.
Geographical distribution and predominanceMainly in India, Nepal and
 Mauritius. Has significant
 population in Fiji, Bhutan,
UAE, etc.
(Majority or strong influence) Mainly in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri lanka, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Japan, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Other small minorities exist in other countries.
Religious LawDharma shastrasThe Dharma.
Place and Time of originIndian Subcontinent, beginning
with the Vedic civilization circa
 3000 BC
The origin of Buddhism points to one man, Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, who was born in Lumbini (in present-day Nepal). He became enlightened at Bodhgaya, India and delivered his first set of teachings at a deer park in Sarnath, India.
Status of VedasVedas are generally regarded as
sacred in Hinduism. Post-Vedic
 texts like the Gita are also
The Buddha rejected the 5 Vedas, according to the dialogues seen in the nikayas.
Status of womenWomen can become priestesses
or nuns. Women are given equal
0 rights as men.
No distinctions between men and women. Women are equal to men, and men are equal to women in the Sangha. The Buddha gave Men and Women equal rights and a major part in the Sangha.
Time of originNo Certain Timeline2,500 years ago, circa 563 B.C.E. (Before Common Era)
Can atheists partake in this religion's practices?Yes.Yes.
Views on Other ReligionsNo Such views on other
 relgions because Core
comnecpt is karma
for all living beings.
Beliefs vary. Some believe
 that all spiritual paths lead
 to the same God
Being a practical philosophy, Buddhism is neutral against other religions.

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